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Google AI Could Predict Eye Condition Behind Vision Loss

Google has developed an Artificial intelligence (AI)-based system that performed as well as, and in certain cases better than, clinicians in predicting the progression of a common eye condition that can cause vision loss.

The results, published in the journal Nature Medicine, suggest that the AI model, built in partnership with Alphabet subsidiary DeepMind and Moorfields Eye Hospital in Britain, could help doctors study preventive treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the third-largest cause of blindness across the globe.

Around 75 percent of patients with AMD have an early form called “dry” AMD that usually has relatively ...